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- The Catalyst Fire

The Catalyst Fire is self-assured, confronting and formidable but always, as we have come to expect from Dead Lead Circus, affirming and dynamic.

Aug 2nd 2013 | Label: UNFD
There is plenty of pressure on Dead Letter Circus with this release. As well as the usual weight that comes with a second album, it's also the first without their original guitarist and, coincidently or not, comes within weeks of the long-awaited Karnivool album – a band whose void from the scene they have more than filled in recent years. Despite this burden it would appear that DLC like a challenge because The Catalyst Fire is everything you expect: powerful, energetic, uplifting and inspiring.

Changes endured in the last few years have not affected their sound. There is less of the electronic influence you might expect from gaining a keyboardist and new lead guitarist Clint Vincent shares the distinctive tone of founding member Rob Maric. As a first single, Lodestar completely captures the essence of the band and album. Kim Benzie's vocals soar, Vincent's guitar is elevating and it has a glut of power and drive. Opening track, The Cure, is hypnotic and immediately delivers the message that The Catalyst Fire will pick up lyrically where This Is The Warning left off: “We are the slaves who object in silence”, and a demand to “Show me where the progress exists without the protest”. Alone Awake features that DLC signature combination of slow heavy moments contrasted against fast-paced frantic melodies that leave you visualising Benzie bouncing on stage to a chanting crowd. Tracks like Say Your Prayers, I Am and Lost Without Leaders are all equally compelling and further develop the album's mesmerising feel.

The Catalyst Fire is self-assured, confronting and formidable but always, as we have come to expect from Dead Lead Circus, affirming and dynamic.

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Thursday 1st October

Dead Letter Circus

Prince of Wales, Bunbury

Friday 2nd October

Dead Letter Circus

Metropolis, Fremantle

Saturday 3rd October

Dead Letter Circus

Leisure Inn, Rockingham

Sunday 4th October

Dead Letter Circus

The Gov, Hindmarsh

Wednesday 7th October

Dead Letter Circus

Karova Lounge, Ballarat

Thursday 8th October

Dead Letter Circus

Black Swan Hotel, Bendigo

Saturday 10th October

Dead Letter Circus + 10 Years

Forum Theatre, Melbourne

Sunday 11th October

Dead Letter Circus + 10 Years

Brisbane Hotel, Hobart

Sunday 11th October

Dead Letter Circus + 10 Years

Home Tavern, Wagga Wagga

Thursday 15th October

Dead Letter Circus + 10 Years

UC Refectory, Bruce

Friday 16th October

Dead Letter Circus + 10 Years

Towradgi Beach Hotel, Towradgi

Saturday 17th October

Dead Letter Circus + 10 Years

UNSW Roundhouse, Kensington

Sunday 18th October

Dead Letter Circus + 10 Years

Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle West

Friday 23rd October

Dead Letter Circus + 10 Years

Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta

Saturday 24th October

Dead Letter Circus + 10 Years

The Triffid, Newstead

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